CMS Looking at New Direction for CMMI

On Wednesday, September 20, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an informal Request for Information (RFI) on the CMS Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) and is seeking feedback on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes.  

CMMI wants stakeholder input on fostering an affordable, accessible healthcare system that puts patients first as well as on additional ideas and concepts, and on the future direction of the Innovation Center.  

CMMI is carefully evaluating how models developed consistent with the new directions can complement what CMS is learning from the existing initiatives.  In particular, CMMI is interested in testing models in the following eight focus areas:

  1. Increased participation in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs);
  2. Consumer-Directed Care & Market-Based Innovation Models;
  3. Physician Specialty Models;
  4. Prescription Drug Models;
  5. Medicare Advantage (MA) Innovation Models;
  6. State-Based and Local Innovation, including Medicaid-focused Models;
  7. Mental and Behavioral Health Models; and
  8. Program Integrity.

Comments on this RFI are due on Monday, November 20, 2017.